The 2013 Les Paul Studio blends timeless tonewoods and components with improved comfort, powerful humbucking pickups with built-in coil-splitting switching for the added versatility of single-coil ton... Read More
The 2013 Les Paul Studio blends timeless tonewoods and components with improved comfort, powerful humbucking pickups with built-in coil-splitting switching for the added versatility of single-coil tones, and the classic looks that define it as a genuine Gibson Les Paul. To ram it all full speed into the 21st century, this 2013 Les Paul Studio comes with the optional Min-ETune™ automated “robot” tuning.
The 2013 Les Paul Studio is tone-assured right from the start, thanks to a foundation of the traditional tonewoods that helped to make the Les Paul Standard legendary when it first arrived six decades ago. A carved solid maple top lends bite and articulation to the sound, while a select mahogany back—treated with Gibson’s new modern weight relief pattern to increase playing comfort and enhance resonance—contributes superb warmth and depth.
A solid, quarter-sawn mahogany neck is glued in and carved in the fast 60s SlimTaper™ profile, and topped with a rich brown Granadillo fingerboard with 22 medium-jumbo frets and traditional trapezoid inlays. In keeping with the stripped-down Studio ethos, the body and fingerboard are left unbound, but the 2013 retains elegant touches in its pickguard, hot-stamped truss-rod cover, and black or gold speed knobs, depending on finish. Classic Gibson construction ensures optimum playability, too, along with traditional specs like a 24 ¾” scale length, a 1 11/16” width across the PLEK-cut Corian™ nut, and a 12-inch fingerboard radius for smooth, easy bending.
A pair of Gibson USA’s Modern Classics™ humbucking pickups prime the 2013 Les Paul Studio for unparalleled tonal versatility. Both are made in the image of the legendary PAF humbucker, with Alnico magnets and 42-AWG wire, but adapted for the demands of contemporary players. A 490R in the neck position offers vintage warmth and throaty blues tones, while a hotter 498T in the bridge belts out all the scorch, sizzle and sustain you require. Furthermore, both are wired for coil splitting, with individual push-pull tone-control switching to tap authentic single-coil tones, which are even wired for hum cancelling in the middle position.
The innovative pairing of a Tune-o-Matic bridge and Stopbar tailpiece ensure solid sustain and precise intonation, while the automated Min-ETune System ensures smooth, accurate tuning.
Min-ETune™ automated “robot” tuners
Min-ETuneTM is a small compact battery powered tuning unit that sits on the back of the guitar — a mighty enhancement to an already great instrument. No need for screws, wiring or routing, in fact the system is hardly visible from the front of the guitar. You can still adjust the tuning pegs manually or turn on the Min-ETuneTM to choose from 12 popular tunings or program 6 of your own.
Always In Tune
A guitar with Min-ETuneTM looks the same, feels the same, plays the same and rocks the same - it’s just always in tune. Adjust to other instruments' imperfect tuning with Reference Tuning and keep that harmony going. Perfect for home, studio and gigging: The internal lithium battery lasts for 80 to 100 tunings on just one charge. Rock longer with the fast and accurate Min-ETuneTM, tuning your guitar in just 3 seconds and 1 strum.
In Perfect Harmony
Digital tuners that emulate open tunings are available BUT because the Min-ETuneTM physically turns the tuners, the system is always organic and natural. There’s no delay, no dampening and no dead sound — just the natural vibration of guitar strings in total harmony with the vibrations coming out of the amp producing ringing harmonics and powerful sustain.
With the new Min-ETuneTM equipped guitars all you have to do is PUSH the button, STRUM, get TUNED and ROCK out. Min-ETuneTM is a huge boost to the live performer, the touring professional, the experienced enthusiast, the beginner and novice player alike.
Save time and money in the studio because the tuning system is so fast and accurate. And Min-ETuneTM is a priceless tool for writing creatively with its instant access to the sounds your muse demands. Perfect for the professional – Min-ETuneTM will have you rocking around the clock.
Travel light to your next gig or across the globe, just one guitar does the work of multiple guitars in different tunings – perfect for the enthusiast. Keep on rocking and experiment with a wide range of alternate tunings or program your own and save it forever with Min-ETuneTM.
Spend less time learning to tune and more time learning to play the guitar. Perfect for the beginner – Min-ETuneTM puts a variety of tunings at your fingertips. You are ready to rock? With Min-ETuneTM you can even experiment with open tunings, something that usually takes years of practice.
More than just efficient, affordable, versatile, and powerful, Min-ETuneTM is truly a creative tool that you can’t do without.
Each guitar includes a black Gibson hardshell case, owner’s manual and truss-rod wrench.
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I have several Les Pauls and they are some of my most favorite guitars. My recent addition of the Les Paul Min-E-Tune was much anticipated, since it had both the automatic tuner and coil splitting. While the guitar in itself is as expected, and beautifully executed and set up (I just changed the strings and lowered the bridge a little, but everything else was great from the factory, including intonation), both the coil splitting and the tuner were underwhelming. I took it to GuitarCenter to have it checked out because neither seemed to work correctly. Turns out neither does, since the tech agreed with me: First of all, the coil split is NOT a coil split: the description says "both are wired for coil splitting, with individual push-pull tone-control switching to tap authentic single-coil tones, which are even wired for hum cancelling in the middle position". However, pulling the volume knobs simply makes the tony mushy and woolly - basically, I will never use it. When the tech at GuitarCenter put an Ohm meter on the output, it did not change at all regardless of whether the knob was pulled or not - upon calling his factory rep, he confirmed that the knobs are just wired to the tone circuit - so the guitar does not switch from humbucker to single coil - is just mushes up the tone into something that is not even remotely like a single coil sound. Very disappointing. And basically fraudulent marketing. Shame on you Gibson! Secondly, the min-E-tune automatic tuner ends up tuning my low E sharp. This also was confirmed by the tech. There is apparently some way to fiddle around with the tuner, which I will now have to do, to set some kind of bias so it actually tunes the strings correctly - however, that should have been done at the factory! Now I have to spend hours becoming a specialist in setting up the tuning system. The tech did not know how to do this. So, two pretty big strikes there as far as I'm concerned. The rest of the guitar is great, which is why it's still 3 stars, but with all the advertising for these features, Gibson failed to deliver as promised in my book.
Platinum is the least you could say about les Paul's, these are the future of guitars and the milestones that Gibson sets. Joe B.
saves time and a beautiful sound
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